Focusing on child safety and accident prevention
Our Child Accident Prevention (CAP) co-ordinator facilitates and delivers projects and education programmes that focus on child safety and accident prevention.
It is our mission to reduce the incidence and impact of accidental injuries to children (aged 0 to 16) in the community and we believe that a co-ordinated approach using local knowledge, expertise and shared resources is the most effective way of looking after our children and young adults.
The alliance currently includes representation from:
- Family Nursing & Home Care (Paediatric Health Visiting, School Nurses)
- Health and Social Services (Accident and Emergency Department, Paramedics, Community Paediatrics)
- Home Affairs (Fire and Rescue, Police and Road Safety)
- Education, Sport and Culture
- Prison! Me! No Way!!
- Public Health
- Jersey Child Care Trust
- Trading Standards Service
- The St John Ambulance Service
- Bosdet Foundation
Our success lies in the representative’s high degree of commitment to child accident prevention, coupled with the support and involvement of their respective senior managers. Please visit www.cap.je to find out more.
For further information please call our Child Accident Prevention co-ordinator on 443614.
“Acceptable Risk” conference aims to look at how we can best prepare children for the risks they will encounter, how to risk assess for themselves and how we feel about those risks.
- When would I likely come into contact with the Child Accident Prevention Team?
- Can I call the team for advice at any time?
- My children are asking for a pet. What is a safe pet to start off with to bring into the home?
- How safe are button batteries?
- Anxiety over grapes?
- When is my child old enough to sit in the front seat of a car?
- I have a six-month-old baby. When do I start thinking about buying a new car seat for them?
- Water Safety
We visit parent groups and baby and toddler groups by invitation.
Children in school are seen from Year 1 to Year 5.
In Year 1 we visit schools with our ‘Speak Dog, Stay Safe’ campaign
In Year 2 and 3 children benefit from our popular ‘Safety Sam Comic’ talks, covering a variety of accident prevention advice in a lively engaging way.
In Year 4 we visit schools with ‘Prison! Me! No Way!!
In Year 5 we run our ‘Safety in Action’ Week.
Yes. Our CAP co-ordinator can help with access to the Safety Equipment Scheme (as can our Health Visitors).
We can also provide help with general home safety advice on the most significant risks to young children such as pool covers and blind cord safety.
Please visit www.CAP.je for further information about child safety in Jersey.
There is no doubt that pets can make a lovely addition to the family however just like every other family member they will need care and attention as well as time and money.
All of these things need to be considered before you welcome an animal into your home.
For many families a small pet like a Gerbil is a good place to start as they are easy to keep and can be quite entertaining to watch.
However, if you are looking for something which will offer more opportunities for interaction then perhaps a cat may suit your family. They can be loving and fun but equally they are independent and less demanding than some other animals i.e.dogs.
Goldfish are a good way of introducing children to the responsibilities involved in having a pet as they need to be regularly fed and cleaned but are not particularly demanding in other ways.
Why not contact the JSPCA? They will be able to give you some excellent advice and they always have a number of animals waiting to be re-homed.
If you are considering a dog, it is important to first consider the breed of dog. All dogs need regular exercise and with 4 children I imagine that you have plenty of other demands on your time, so at this stage in your family’s life, is a dog the right pet for you?
Remember that, regardless of breed, no dog is entirely trust worthy and both children and dogs can be unpredictable. They should never be left together without adult supervision.
Whilst you are making your decision, visit friends or family who have dogs and encourage your children not to approach them unless they have asked the owner first. If they are allowed to stroke the dog, then offer the back of the hand first so that the dog can have a sniff and then stroke him on the top of his head. All of this should be done slowly and calmly and only ever if the owner says it is ok.
Children should be discouraged form putting their faces near the dogs face and nor should they cuddle the dogs.
CAP want to warn families with young children of the dangers of button batteries in a bid to reduce accidental choking and poisoning.
Very few parents know that a button battery, if swallowed, can kill a child in a matter of hours, and it’s not through choking.
If swallowed, the electrical charge from the battery creates caustic soda inside the body. This can burn a hole through the throat and major blood vessels and children can bleed to death.
Button batteries are found in many everyday household objects such as car key fobs, musical greetings cards, children’s books and toys, and children's thermometers
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Following the tragedy of a 2yr who died after choking on a grape, many parents may feel anxious about offering these to their children.
The first thing to remember is that choking is not common in children.
Understandably, they will cough and splutter as they learn to manage the food they are introduced to but the current guidelines suggest that if you start weaning your child when they are 6 months old, there is no need to puree the food. At this age they are already able to manage thicker, slightly lumpy food. Part of the weaning process is about learning to chew and swallow without choking.
It is true that something the size of a grape may cause choking however, babies can also choke on milk which is why those same guidelines stress the importance of never leaving your baby or child alone when they are eating.....choking is a silent occurrence and so can go unnoticed.
Remember, this is not common and following a few simple guidelines should help to reassure parents.
1.Always make sure that when your child eats, they are sitting down, not running around or playing.
2.Encourage your child to think about the food they are eating and not be distracted by other things.
3.Remind them not to talk with a mouth full of food, but to wait until they have finished eating before they speak.
It may reassure parents to cut grapes in half and certainly this can make them easier to bite down on, especially if they have tough skins, but the best way to prevent choking is to concentrate on the food that you are eating.
St John Ambulance run an excellent course for parents and carers and I would recommend this for anyone who is feeling anxious about coping with not only choking but any number of other first-aid issues.
It is strongly believed that the safest place for any child is in the rear of the car in an appropriate car seat or restraint.
Whilst a child may sit in the front of the car this is not recommended for a number of reasons.
When an airbag is deployed, even in a minor collision, it moves at a speed of around 200mph and this force has a massive impact on a child’s body. There have been cases of children being seriously injured and even killed by the airbag, so if your child must sit in the front, turn off the air bag and move the front seat as far back as possible.
Never use a rear facing baby car seat in the front of a car which has an airbag.
As a guide, Child Accident Prevention would recommend that all children under the age of 12 yrs old sit in the back of the car in the appropriate car seat or, if they are over 135cms tall, using the adult seatbelt.
For more information you can contact Philip Blake who is the States of Jersey Road Safety Officer - 612222
Your child’s car seat is an important piece of safety equipment and you are right to give it considerable thought.
Car seats are split into 5 groups which are defined by United Nations safety regulations and range from birth to 36kg.
As these car seats are tested to provide the minimum level of protection for the children of the weight and age range covered by its group, it is vitally important that you check the weight of your baby before moving them into the next stage car seat.
Moving a child too soon could lead to more severe injuries should they be involved in a crash.
Remember, weight and age are important when choosing car seats.
Finally, I know it is tempting to try and save money but I would urge you not to buy second hand car seat.
You need to know that the seat you are using is in excellent condition and has never been compromised or involved in a crash.
Buying new guarantees this.
For more information you can contact Philip Blake who is the States of Jersey Road Safety Officer - 612222
Child Accident Prevention has recently become aware of some confusion regarding the safety of using Jersey mains water when making up a formula feed for babies.
Whilst this may not, at first glance, seem to fall within our remit, CAP believes that by ensuring parents and carers have access to accurate and current information, incidents of accidental poisonings or ingestion of inappropriate substances can be avoided in the future.
When making up a formula feed it extremely important that the water you use is boiled first.
Mains water is safe to use for formula feeds.
Water should be boiled and then allowed to cool to no less than 70 C before it is mixed with formula to make up a feed.
Bottled water is not recommended for use in formula feeds as the levels of sulphates and sodium are often too high.
If you do decide to use bottled water it is important to check the label and ensure that it contains -:
-less than 200 milligrams (mg) of Sodium a litre (also written as Na)
-no more than 250mg a litre of Sulphate (also written as SO4)
Bottled water must be boiled before use in formula feeds as it is not sterile.
Care should be taken when using borehole or well water as this is not always suitable for human consumption and is not recommended for babies under the age of 6 months.
You can have this water checked by contacting the Laboratory of the Official Analyst, Jersey on 736455. The current charge for this service is approximately £100.
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Remember, once your baby reaches 6 months of age, you only need to boil water to make up formula feeds. If they are having water as a drink this can come straight from the tap.
For more information, please contact your Health Visitor.